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#9 of 25 Re: 2005 HAH stereo system [jaxflygirl]
Oct 22, 2005 (7:34 am)
Typically, OEM (Honda, Ford, GM...) uses typical cheap speakers for their vehicles, especially high volume one like the Accord. So compensate for lack of fidelity on the cheap speakers, they resort heavily on speaker equalization. For example, if speaker has no high, they compensate that with more high from the radio. So as a whole, the system sounds more even from BASS to TREBBLE.
Honda is doing that to both Civic and Accord.
Another thing is Honda 's engineering taste on Audio setting: they have been tuning car sound for typical Japanese music: lot of high (TREBBLE) and not enough low (BASS). So naturally for us, their radios are lacking BASS. Also the question of output power of the head unit. Behind the beautiful and big radio front plate, the Accord radio is actually a DIN size radio. It has small heat sink for its internal amplifier. That means it can generate moderate output power before getting distorted audio. If you after clean, undistorted audio, you may want to have a better and more powerful external amplifier (if your car does not have this option)
Now if you buy a better Aftermarket speakers, you may get the sound improvement provided that they are better overall or at least more BASS response. Replacing speakers alone may just be the trick if you only care about the fullness of the sound (not more output power). It is typically the cheap speakers, lousy antenna and/or vehicle noise that compromise radio reception and sound quality.
#10 of 25 Re: 2005 HAH stereo system [jnt]
Oct 22, 2005 (8:59 pm)
thanks for the info! I think I will try to get new speakers soon!
#11 of 25 Okay, what's the deal with the XM?
Jun 04, 2006 (12:10 pm)
So, I just bought an '06 Civic Hybrid, and I love it. I also love XM radio, and I understand the Navi system is 'XM-ready'.
The dealer informs me that all I need to do is to buy an after-market antenna, hook 'er up to the already-present XM receiver, call in the radio ID to XM and turn it up.
Best Buy's installers tell me that NO, I need to buy the antenna from Honda, as the plug is a special proprietary piece that can't be replaced.
When I called the XM folks, they also told me that the XM receiver was already present, but then decided that NO, it wasn't, because when I hit the 'CD/XM' button like they asked me to, it doesn't show a radio ID, like it should if the receiver is present.
Anybody have XM for their '06 Navi system? What did YOU have to do to get hooked up? Is the XM receiver present? Will a generic XM antenna work, or am I forced to buy Honda's extremely expensive version?
#12 of 25 Re: Okay, what's the deal with the XM? [bluesman125]
Jun 04, 2006 (1:05 pm)
I have an '06 HAH w/Nav and XM. I didn't have to do anything. The first 3 mos of XM were free and, if I wanted to extend - which I did, all I had to do was go to the radio ID and call it in. No add on antenna - if you have the Nav and you're sure you have XM, then you should be good to go.
#13 of 25 Re: Okay, what's the deal with the XM? [fap]
Jun 04, 2006 (9:03 pm)
Did you order the XM option? I did NOT, as my salesman assured me it was included. But I'm not sure that's true.
So, what's the truth? Is the XM receiver included with all Navi audio systems (as opposed to being an option that must be ordered)? If it IS included, will it only accept the Honda antenna? If it is NOT included, will any after-market XM receiver work with the ultra-cool Navi audio system? Finally, I see no XM radio ID included in any documentation, just the four-digit Navi code and the serial number. I would think that if the XM receiver was included 1) I'd have the XM radio ID somewhere, and 2) when I hit the 'CD/XM' button, I'd see SOMEthing happen, such as displaying the XM radio ID.
Thanks for the reply, by the way. But I'm still not sure if I actually have an XM receiver in the Navi system yet.
#14 of 25 Re: Okay, what's the deal with the XM? [bluesman125]
Jun 04, 2006 (9:14 pm)
You are in the Accord Hybrid thread. The Civic hybrid makes no mention of an XM option. You are probably stuck with paying the big bucks for a Honda XM receiver and antenna. It pays to find these things out before you sign on the line.
#15 of 25 Let's stick to the HAH here
by pf_flyer HOST
Jul 24, 2006 (9:46 am)
For general discussion of satellite radio systems, try the XM & Sirius Satellite Radio discussion on the Automotive News & views board.